Youth Tour

2020 Youth Tour Applications now being accepted! 

Wake Electric is sponsoring a one-week, all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the 2020 Youth Tour. Winners also receive a $1,000 scholarship. Winners must go on the Washington Trip to be eligible for the $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship funds must be used at a North Carolina college or university, community college, vocational or technical school. The trip will be from June 20 – 26, 2020. Students who attend the Youth Tour will join 1,500 high school students from across the U.S. to learn about electric cooperatives, American history and the U.S. government. Students will also visit the historic sites and federal facilities of the nation’s capital, as well as spend time with their congressional delegations. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded the following year upon proof of enrollment in a North Carolina college or university.

The deadline to apply was December 18, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. The application must be in our office by the deadline.  Any application received in our office after that date will be disqualified, even if it is postmarked prior to that date.  Applicants will be notified of their status in mid-January, 2019.

For exciting details on the Youth Tour and what you can expect, visit

Applicants must currently be high school juniors in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance or Wake counties.  Applicants DO NOT have to live in households served by Wake Electric in order to win.  Students must go on the trip to Washington, D.C. to receive the $1,000 college scholarship.

To download an application for the 2020 Rural Electric Youth Tour, click here.

This opportunity is an excellent way for students to boost their college applications, as well as win a $1,000 scholarship from Wake Electric towards their college education. Youth Tourist winners from across North Carolina will also be eligible to apply for and win one of three annual scholarships: The Gwyn B. Prince Youth Scholarship ($2,500); The Katie Bunch Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) and the Youth Leadership Council Scholarship ($2,000).

If you have questions, please contact Wake Electric at or (919) 863-6312.

2019 Youth Tour winners

Connor Scanlon

Katelyn McHale

High-school juniors Connor Scanlon of Raleigh and Katelyn McHale of Wake Forest were selected by Wake Electric to attend the 2019 Youth Tour in Washington D.C. in June. Connor, 16, is a student at Scanlon Lakeside School. Katelyn, 16, attends Wake Forest High School. The two will join nearly 1,500 students from across the United States for a one-week all expenses paid trip to the nation’s capital. Both students will also receive a $1,000 scholarship in their high school senior year upon enrollment in a college or university in North Carolina.

For more information on Wake Electric’s Youth Tour, click here. To learn more about the youth tour, visit The youth tour is funded through voluntary member and employee donations to Operation Round-Up.

Questions and applications can be directed to: Wake Electric 2019 Youth Tour Communications/Public Relations P.O. Box 1229 Wake Forest, NC 27588 E-mail: Fax: 919.863.6430 Phone:  919.863.6312 The youth tour is funded through voluntary member and employee donations to Operation Round-Up and the Wake Electric Foundation.